I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show on Election Day. He opened the show by inviting listeners to call and tell him whom they had voted for and why.
The first 2 callers were McCain supporters, and both said they supported him and the Republican Party because of their commitment to smaller government.
This would make sense if
1. Smaller government were a good thing and
2. Republicans had shown a history of commitment to smaller government.
I don’t want to debate point 1 here, but want to focus on point 2. The Republican Party has, at least since Reagan (who was first elected when I was 17; I didn’t follow politics much before that), continued to increase federal spending while campaigning on a platform of smaller government.
A graph borrowed from the Independent Institute, a libertarian think tank, shows that federal spending has increased under the leadership of every recent president.
Granted, the majority of the Reagan-era spending was Defense related, it is nevertheless true that government spending increases no matter which party is in the White House.
The real question before us is not so much about spending. The real question is how is it that the Republican Party continues to campaign on lowering federal government spending when they have no track record of actually decreasing such spending?
In case you are concerned at the political and thus not theological nature of this post, set the political aspect of it aside for a minute. An organization has apparently convinced a good number of citizens that it stands for something that its actions bear no support whatsoever of this stance.
There we are, church. But we have allegedly been at it far longer than 30 years. We have preached the good news of transformation of life and character by the power of the God who created us all, yet our own lives show no more sign of this than the population as a whole.
Perhaps we can all learn something from this. Let us share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our lives, our actions, and even our words.